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Are you Apt to Be Fit? There’s an App for That!

September 2, 2014

woman-jumping-ropeTo achieve good health, you need to eat right and exercise. To make this easier, turn to technology and download some apps.

Get fit or take your fitness to the next level with these great options for apps:

Counting calories and planning meals. If you’re counting calories, you’ll find a bunch of websites to keep you honest and trim. Set a goal and log what you eat every day. No more guessing, no more pen and paper, no more trying to figure out what to eat. Also, you can use a digital app to design meal plans to get you to your goal, even if you’re on a specific diet such as vegetarian or high-protein.

Moving along! Walk the dog, take a stroll, jog — it’s all good. Consider taking with you an app that counts your every step during the day. Download the fitness app to your phone and keep it in your pocket or handbag. It’s always on, so just start moving.

Jumping rope. Speaking of moving, why not jump rope? A digital cordless jump rope is just like a real one but without the pitfall of tripping over the rope. The digital version counts jumps and calories and travels well, so you can take it anywhere.

Hitting the trails! If you prefer the great outdoors, hit the road to hike, bike, ski, jog or otherwise commune with Mother Nature. Not sure where to go? Check out Transit & Trails: Find, Plan, Share for local parks, trails and open spaces. It helps you get there by public transportation, bike, car or foot. Try one of the trips described on the site or design your own. Maybe take along a mobile app that uses the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track and map your fitness activities and workout details, from distance to elevation to calories burned.

Working out. Opting for a shorter workout is better than no workout at all. A fitness app based on “The Scientific 7-Minute Workout” routine in the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal can help get you fit fast. The app shows you how to do each workout movement, using voice prompts and visual cues to keep you moving.

Changing your exercise. Experts agree that the more you vary your exercise, the better. Regularly changing your exercises or movements helps ensure that you hit every muscle group and helps avoid injury. Various websites demonstrate fitness routines, proper form, and more than 1,700 different exercises.

Whether you’re at home or on the road digital apps and websites can turn keeping fit into even more fun!

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